Jonas Nay's Style File
By Matt Glazebrook, 27 February 2016
As new style icons go, an equal-parts bemused and ruthless Stasi agent at large in Cold War West Germany seems an unlikely one. But that's exactly what Martin Rauch aka Moritz Stamm aka Kolibri aka Jonas Nay, the star of hit Channel 4 show Deutschland 83, has become. We caught up with the 25-year-old actor to talk style, sounds and spying.
For all that it paints a nightmarish vision of East-West suspicion, rising nuclear tension and personal loyalties stretched to breaking point, Deutschland 83 looks and sounds like a dream. Austerely stylish East German interiors are lovingly recreated, 80s bangers soundtrack key moments and our hero infiltrates the West in boxfresh adidas Stan Smiths, crisp straight-cut blue jeans and a brilliant-red Puma T-shirt. Obviously, it was the first thing we asked Nay about.
What was your favourite outfit to wear in the series?
Most of the time I was wearing my uniform and then I had this Puma T-shirt and jeans, and in the first episode I had this ugly shirt, which was hard to button up. I had been training in stunts and kickboxing three times a week before that and when I went for a fitting they said, ‘Oh, this is different to last time!’ All the bulk has gone now, but I was fully trained-up back then. I’m not a fashion guy, but I kept a watch that I wore on the show, which had a calculator on it! It was so funny with the little buttons.
If you had to bring back one clothing item from the 80s, what would it be?
I think that in fashion, everything comes back. I saw some articles on Twitter where people were listing how to dress like Frau Netz, the secretary in General Idel’s bureau, saying ‘you have to wear this and that and that’ [laughs]. I don’t know if the 80s was my favourite era, though it was much better than the 90s. I like the 20s. I would love to be in a film that’s set then.
Who do you think is the most stylish TV or film spy ever?
I really love Daniel Craig as James Bond. Casino Royale and Skyfall were probably my favourite Bond films ever. I could have left the cinema after the opening sequence in Skyfall, with the blood in the water and Adele singing, and felt that my 12 euros had been worth it. He’s the best James Bond ever.
Series one of Deutschland 83 is available now, in full and for free, at All4.com/WalterPresents